West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper is urging Skelmersdale residents to join her in opposing plans to extend the size and the lifetime of Whitemoss landfill site to allow the continued dumping of hazardous waste for a further 22 years.
Currently the site owners are consulting on proposals with a view to submitting a planning application to the National Infrastructure planning process. This is in the face of strong local opposition and a successful campaign that resulted in the removal of Whitemoss landfill site from Lancashire County Council’s Minerals and Waste Development Framework.
Local residents have until Friday 7 June to make comments on the plans. Ahead of the deadline MP Rosie is calling on all Skelmersdale residents many of whom have opposed the previous plans to speak out and bring the landfill site’s lifetime to an end.
MP Rosie said:
“Under the National Infrastructure planning process residents have to be consulted at the pre-application stage. It is at this point that they have the most influence over a project. Therefore, I want to ensure that residents don’t miss the opportunity to once again say no to hazardous waste at Whitemoss landfill site.
“It is a real slap in the face to the residents that the site owners simply refuse to listen to local people. All residents have ever had is broken promises. This site should have been closed back in 1995 but operations continue to be extended a further eight times.
“If this planning application gets approval Whitemoss will have been open 40 years longer than was intended. Quite simply that is unfair and enough is enough.
“For this reason I am encouraging residents to say no to any extension for Whitemoss landfill site.”
Rosie has also raised her concerns with West Lancashire Borough Council, Lancashire County Council and the Planning Inspectorate.